Re: Replacing NeutronCRUDInterfaces / AbstractNeutronNorthbound dynamic look-up by static injection

Isaku Yamahata

Hello Michael.

Again please go ahead!
In short those are technical debt and low hanging fruit.
I'm not sure about if you have a special meaning by 101%, though.
(Does this 1% make big difference?)


On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 01:09:14AM +0100,
Michael Vorburger <vorburger@...> wrote:


The way NeutronCRUDInterfaces (called from AbstractNeutronNorthbound) is
currently implemented, by dynamically looking-up INeutronCRUD
implementations from the OSGi registry, every time, isn't great... for
understanding the code, for use of Neutron outside of an OSGi environment
(e.g. opendaylight-simple; and that's my primary motivation here...), and for
performance (and I wonder anyway if that getService() which never does an
ungetService() won't cause any OSGi issues; that's not how this is supposed
to be used).

A better solution IMHO would be to simply hold direct references to the
required service in the respectice JAX RS resource class. For
example, NeutronNetworksNorthbound really should just have a private
final NeutronNetworkInterface networkInterfacez; field.

The minor trouble, of course, is that NeutronNetworksNorthbound gets
created by Jersey by way of NeutronNorthboundRSApplication, which is
registered in the web.xml - so one cannot "just" use e.g. BP @Inject, as

I believe this problem (web vs. OSGi) can be solved though. Specifically, I
think the web.xml indirection is more pain than gain, and a direct
programmatic registration of web objects is simpler for a numbe of reasons
incl. dependency injection (DI), but also to avoid the manual listing
of Import-Package instructions for BND / maven-bundle-plugin in the

This general topic affects all ODL projects with web components (also e.g.
aaa and netconf), and I'd like to illustrate how to do this differently
first in neutron, with the idea to then replicate that in other projects
(by other people, hopefully).

Would the Neutron project be open to a contribution re. this? What's
currently missing is something for convenient programmatic registration of
web components such as servlets, filters and listeners - basically to write
what today is in web.xml in a few lines of Java code. I could provide this
in infrautils, but wanted to check if the Neutron project would be willing
to have a dependency to infrautils to adopt this approach? I would do all
the required work up to the Gerrit for Neutron, but it's a bit of work,
so first I wanted to be 101% sure that the Neutron project is OK to go in
this direction.

Michael Vorburger, Red Hat
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